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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The inner side of an exterior wall in my house has, behind the plasterboard, a kind of masonry which I'd like to identify. I attach pictures. It looks like concrete but it's quite easy to drill: I can very easily drill it with a 2mm wood/metal drill bit in a HAND (i.e., not electric) drill...
  2. Remodeling
    I am doing my first ever remodel on the first home we've ever bought, while my husband is deployed to a foreign country. I have found a contractor I feel comfortable using, within a reasonable budget. Unfortunately, with that comes doing a lot of the work on my own. I am having to research...
  3. Building & Construction
    I have a 1940 built lakefront house in Central Mass with a damp basement that needs replacement of a few steel lally columns that have rusted. A friend has suggested pressure treated wood to replace the columns because of the dampness. Thoughts?
  4. Building & Construction
    I want to build a simple playhouse for my kids and I'm pretty sure it will improve their creativity and keep them busy. I've found these plans but I also need a third party opinion. It looks like an weekend project to me, but I'm stuck at choosing the materials. The thing is I'm willing to spend...
  5. Building & Construction
    I've read and enjoyed posts here and contractortalk.com. So Trex is right out. I'm a home owner. My landscape guy has many skills -- he's built decks and houses. But he doesn't build decks for a living. I traded him web site creation and marketing for landscaping. At first we were going to...
  6. Carpentry
    I have a worktable now composed of two stanley adjustable sawhorses and a 2/4 plywood top maybe 1/4 inch thick. I take this apart after I use it since I live in an apartment with very little room. This is for craft hobby work-light materials involved. Beyond plywood and pressboard what...
  7. Building & Construction
    I am renovating a condo, that has a concrete suspended slab for ceiling and floors as well as concrete?masonry for all exterior walls. As such none of the interior walls are supporting. The plan is to remove/ modify some of the walls to open the floor plan up. I hate the way these walls have...
  8. Building & Construction
    Howdy I'm Colby and I'm going to TSTC and I doing a project in a family houseing unit on my college campus where we are taking out a rotted floor system. It rotted because of mold caused by severe moisture exposure over a long period of time. Anyways the house's old floor system is supported by...
  9. Carpentry
    What is the best type of building material to use for decking, fences, gazebos, etc.? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages?
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